This remarkable 1878 paper by Charles de Ujfalvy, who specialized in conducting anthropological studies on Central Asian peoples, constitutes the greatest 19th Century work on the Galchas (also known as the mountain Tajiks) who inhabited what was then called Kohistan. Twelve anthropological qualities, such as hair and eye color, on 58 Galcha individuals were measured by de Ujfalvy. Many interesting results were obtained, with the most surprising and intriguing being that nearly 20% of the Galchas were found to possess blond hair, which led de Ujfalvy's colleague, Doctor Paul Topinard, to hypothesize that a relation may well exist between the blonds of Europe and those of Central Asia.
March 19, 2012 Subject:
A fascinating finding
Few peoples of Central Asia possess a more mysterious origin than those--the Galchas--studied here by Charles de Ujfalvy. What could possibly account for de Ujfalvy's fascinating finding that many of the Galchas possess blond hair, a physical trait normally found in northern Europeans? It would seem that modern-day investigative techniques, such as DNA analysis, might be able to provide a definitive answer to this question, an answer that no doubt will prove to be quite enlightening.
-- Professor Gerald Kuhn